Stories tagged: Pentagon
Tue., June 20, 2017, 2:08 p.m.
Trump’s pick for No. 2 Pentagon job faces tough questions during confirmation hearing
President Donald Trump’s choice to take the No. 2 job at the Pentagon had a rocky confirmation hearing Tuesday, with Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., at one …
UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 9:09 p.m.
U.S. to send almost 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan
A Trump administration official says the Pentagon will send almost 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan, hoping to break a stalemate in a war that has now passed to a …
Wed., June 14, 2017, 5:26 p.m.
Trump hands to Pentagon decisions on troop levels in Afghanistan
President Donald Trump’s decision to allow his Pentagon chief to set U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan won’t mean an immediate infusion of troops but should improve management of the war …
Tue., June 13, 2017, 1:44 p.m.
Two DynCorp workers accused of bilking State Department out of millions in Iraq
Workers for government contractor DynCorp International conspired to bilk the State Department out of millions of dollars, according to a federal investigation in Virginia.
Tue., June 13, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Pentagon under fire for delays in new Afghanistan war plan
Senators sharply criticized Pentagon leaders Tuesday for not completing a new strategy for the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis acknowledged that “the enemy is surging right …
Sat., June 3, 2017, 9:20 a.m.
Pentagon chief says North Korea’s nuclear pursuits a ‘danger’
North Korea is accelerating its push to acquire a nuclear-armed missile capable of threatening the United States and other nations, and the U.S. regards this as a “clear and present …
UPDATED: Tue., May 30, 2017, 6:33 p.m.
U.S. shoots down mock warhead over Pacific
The Pentagon says it has shot down a mock warhead over the Pacific in a success for America’s missile defense program.
UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017, 8:22 p.m.
Amid Raqqa, Mosul fights, U.S. prepares for IS endgame effort
The United States is looking ahead toward a decisive battleground in its bid to destroy the Islamic State group, even as U.S.-backed local forces must still finish the fight for …
Thu., May 11, 2017, 2:26 p.m.
Pentagon tries to ease Turkey’s concerns with arming Kurds
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis made clear Thursday that America is committed to protecting Turkey after angering its NATO ally with a deal to arm anti-Islamic State fighters in Syria …
UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017, 9:49 p.m.
As Afghan stalemate grinds on, Trump mulls additional troops
As the Trump administration weighs sending more troops to Afghanistan, the 16-year war grinds on in bloody stalemate.
Sat., May 6, 2017, 9:43 a.m.
Pentagon says Navy SEAL was killed in Somalia operation
The Pentagon has identified the Navy SEAL who was killed in a military operation in Somalia.
Sun., April 30, 2017, 11:48 a.m.
Suspected U.S. airstrike kills 4 al-Qaida operatives in Yemen
A suspected U.S. airstrike killed four al-Qaida operatives in Yemen’s eastern province of Marib on Sunday, Yemeni tribal and security officials said.
UPDATED: Sun., April 30, 2017, 8:39 p.m.
Pentagon: 45 civilians killed by coalition strikes
Investigations conducted during the month of March reveal that U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria killed 45 civilians, mostly in and around the Iraqi …
Sat., April 29, 2017, 1:25 p.m.
Pentagon: blast kills US service member outside Mosul
A U.S. service member in Iraq was killed Saturday by an explosive device outside Mosul, according to a statement released by the Pentagon.
Thu., April 27, 2017, 1:01 p.m.
Top Pentagon watchdog launches investigation into money that Mike Flynn received from foreign groups
The Pentagon’s top watchdog has launched an investigation into money that former national security adviser and retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn received from foreign groups, members of the House …
UPDATED: Sun., April 23, 2017, 9:53 p.m.
Pentagon chief visits African nation home to key U.S. base
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday visited Djibouti to bolster ties with the tiny and impoverished African country that is home to an important base for U.S. counterterrorism forces, …
Tue., April 18, 2017, 2:38 p.m.
Pentagon chief Jim Mattis arrives in Middle East to talk Islamic State, Syria
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis arrived here Tuesday on the first stop of a week-long tour through the Middle East and Northern Africa. The visit marks the first time he …
Sat., April 15, 2017, 7 a.m.
To save millions, military grounds planes worth billions
The Air Force has grounded a big portion of its newly refurbished, multibillion-dollar fleet of C-5 Galaxy transport planes, just to avoid spending the relatively small amount of money it …
UPDATED: Sat., April 1, 2017, 12:56 p.m.
Under Trump, Pentagon seizing more control over warfighting
Week by week, country by country, the Pentagon is quietly seizing more control over warfighting decisions, sending hundreds more troops to war with little public debate and seeking greater authority …
UPDATED: Sat., March 25, 2017, 9:51 p.m.
Pentagon: U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan kills al-Qaida leader
Qari Yasin, a Qaida leader, was killed during a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan earlier this month, the defense department said Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Thu., March 16, 2017, 11:45 a.m.
White House picks Boeing executive as Pentagon’s No. 2
The White House announced nominees for six senior Pentagon jobs on Thursday, including a longtime Boeing Co. executive for deputy secretary of defense, in its most significant step toward surrounding …
Fri., March 3, 2017, 12:03 p.m.
Pentagon: More than 30 airstrikes in Yemen since Thursday
As part of a sustained assault on the extremist group known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, U.S. warplanes have launched more than 30 airstrikes in Yemen the past two …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 3:56 p.m.
Big surge for military in Trump budget, big cuts elsewhere
President Donald Trump is proposing a huge $54 billion surge in U.S. military spending for new aircraft, ships and fighters in his first federal budget while slashing big chunks from …
UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 26, 2017, 9:37 p.m.
Pentagon seeks to expand fight against extremists in Somalia
The Pentagon wants to expand the military’s ability to battle al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia, potentially putting U.S. forces closer to the fight against a stubborn extremist group that has plotted …
Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 2:14 p.m.
Generals want talks with Russia about Iraq, Syria operations because of aerial collision fears
Senior U.S. military officials want to elevate talks with Russia about air operations over Iraq and Syria, an effort that is meant to protect pilots from collisions but complicated by …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 8:04 p.m.
Pentagon chief says NATO members must boost defense spending
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday issued a sharp ultimatum to NATO Wednesday, telling allies they must start increasing defense spending by year’s end or the Trump administration will …
Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, 2:49 p.m.
Pentagon: Airstrikes in Syria kill 11 al-Qaida operatives
The Pentagon says two U.S. airstrikes in Syria killed 11 al-Qaida operatives, including one with ties to Osama bin Laden and other senior al-Qaida leaders.
Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, 9:42 a.m.
Pentagon looking to rent space at Trump Tower
The United States military is looking to rent space at Trump Tower for use when President Donald Trump returns to his longtime home in New York City. A Pentagon spokesman …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 2, 2017, 5:43 p.m.
White House stands by Trump’s first military raid, despite civilian, US casualties
The White House on Thursday insisted that the risky ground raid personally approved by President Donald Trump against al-Qaida targets in
Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 12:09 p.m.
Defense Secretary Mattis makes 1st trip to Asia; North Korea plans unclear
Other than a tweet, President Donald Trump hasn’t said how he’ll stop North Korea from threatening America with a nuclear weapon. And as his Pentagon chief visits key allies in …